U.S. adults' BMI and body image perceptions as of 2016

This statistic shows the percentage of adults in the U.S. who were considered to be obese based on their BMI and their self-identified body image as of 2016. According to the survey, 47 percent of respondents who were obese, considered themselves to be overweight, but not obese.

Percentage of adults in the U.S. whose BMI placed them as obese and who correctly considered themselves obese as of 2016

Percentage of respondents who were obese
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Sources

Release date

October 2016

Region

United States

Survey time period

August 11 to September 21, 2016

Number of respondents

1,509 respondents

Age group

18 years and older

Method of interview

Telephone interviews and online survey

Supplementary notes

Original question: "Do you consider yourself now to be underweight, overweight or about right? Do you consider yourself now to be obese, or not? About how tall are you without shoes? About how much do you weight without shoes?"

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